Hurricane Ray


January 20, 2022

Typhoon Rai, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette, is a weak tropical cyclone over the South China Sea that passed through the Philippines in December 2021. Ray became the first Category 5 super typhoon since Nock-ten, and the third Category 5 super typhoon in the South China Sea after Hurricane Pamela in 1954 and Hurricane Ramson in 2014. The 22nd tropical storm and ninth cyclone of the 2021 Pacific hurricane season, the typhoon originated from Tropical disturbance near the equator on December 9. But it dissipated the next day. Conditions surrounding the cyclone were favorable for further development, and it slowly developed into a tropical depression on December 12. On the same day, the US Joint Hurricane Warning Center (JTWC) issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert (TCFA) for the strengthening depression. An additional warning followed, and Rai was upgraded to a tropical storm the next day before passing south of N'Golo Atoll. After passing near Palau, Ray had entered the Philippine Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR) by the night of December 14, dubbed "Odette" by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The next day, it rose to a Category 1 parabolic hurricane. As it approached the Philippines, Ray unexpectedly quickly intensified into a typhoon before making its first landing through Siargao. Then he slowly but surely weakened as he crossed the Visayas, and went out into the Sulu Sea. Having last made its way over Palawan, Typhoon Ray continued to weaken before re-intensifying unexpectedly into a Category 5 hurricane by December 18 as it approached Vietnam; Then it weakened again by the next day. Tropical cyclone warnings were issued for areas in the Philippines and parts of the Caroline Islands as Typhoon Ray developed. Early warnings were issued by PAGASA Ray, beginning on December 12 due to the typhoon's continuing path toward the country. As the storm approaches the Philippines, ground flights have been canceled, along with flights and ferries being grounded. People living near coastal areas and in the path of the storm have been warned to evacuate. Fishing vessels docked in a safe place and many provinces in Visayas began to prepare for the brunt of the storm. Storm signals were also raised by PAGASA, focusing first on parts of Visayas and Mindanao, before expanding into southern Luzon. The Ministry of Social Welfare and Development has also prepared food and non-food packages for the evacuees, in addition to reserve funding amounting to approximately $15,000. Practically done

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